Shoal Pond, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Mount Carrigain from Shoal Pond during the summer months in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This is a remote pond in the Pemigewasset Wilderness
Mount Carrigain from Shoal Pond – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Shoal Pond, Pemigewasset Wilderness – Shoal Pond is a secluded 5-acre pond in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the New Hampshire White Mountains. It can be reached by hiking the Shoal Pond Trail (off the Appalachian Trail). This pond is one of the unique features of the Pemigewasset Wilderness that makes designated wilderness areas special.

The reflection of the forest and Mount Carrigain in Shoal Pond early in the morning is excellent! And the area surrounding the pond is a great place to see wildlife. Wildlife photographers visiting the pond should bring your big lenses, because there is a good chance of seeing moose.

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Shoal Pond during the summer months in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Shoal Pond – White Mountains, New Hampshire

The forest around the pond offers a wide variety of subject matter that will keep most photographers busy for hours. The Shoal Pond area is also a great area to camp for the weekend. If camping for a number days follow Shoal Pond Trail to Stillwater Junction. Stillwater Junction is an interesting area of the Pemi Wilderness that is often overlooked. The remoteness of Stillwater Junction is awesome!

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Shoal Pond Trail during the summer months. This trail is an old railroad bed once used by the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad during the logging era to remove logs from the Shoal Pond Valley in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Shoal Pond Trail – The Old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad Bed

The area around Shoal Pond was part of the East Branch & Lincoln and Zealand Valley Railroads. And the trained eye of a logging railroad buff will see evidence of 19th century loggers in many places. The old railroad bed of the Zealand Valley Railroad is still visible in the forest, off trail, on the Appalachian Trail side of Shoal Pond. And a section of the Shoal Pond Trail follows the old railroad bed of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad.

Wetlands area along an old sled road off the old East Branch & Lincoln Logging Railroad in the Shoal Pond Valley of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was a logging railroad that operated from 1893-1948.
Wetlands – Shoal Pond Region, New Hampshire

The Shoal Pond region is special because it is the only area that I have found remnants of what I believe was a draft dodgers camp. These camps were known to have been located near Camp 8 (LWT), but it is also thought they were scattered throughout the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Very little is known about these camps, but during the Vietnam War era the remoteness of the Pemi Wilderness acted as a safe haven for draft dodgers. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Irene altered the landscape, and no evidence of this camp exists today.

The serenity of the Shoal Pond area is the very reason why wilderness areas need to be protected. Wilderness areas help free the mind from every day life. View more images of the Shoal Pond region here.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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